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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an estimated 840 people were killed in traffic accidents while riding their bicycles in 2016. While there are many things you can do to try and protect yourself while riding a bike on a busy road with vehicle traffic, sometimes accidents happen that aren’t avoidable. Some of the most common types of accidents involving bikes and vehicles include:
If you’re ever in a bike accident, there are a few things to remember. First, dial 911 if you’re able. Then, if you’re safely able to take pictures of the scene of the accident, do so, or ask someone nearby. When taking pictures, pay special attention to the lighting outside, and take pictures of your bike and the vehicle that hit you. Also, try and take pictures of road signs, and construction or the traffic if there is any. On top of that, try to collect names and phone numbers of any witnesses. Doing these things as quickly as possible will make it easier for your attorney to fight for you should you decide to pursue litigation or file an insurance claim.
When the EMTs arrive, make sure to get checked out, even if you think you’re uninjured. Sometimes adrenaline and shock can mask pain. An EMT will be able to make sure you don’t have any internal, more serious injuries. Even when you’re cleared to go home, have someone monitor you for signs of a concussion. Additionally, make sure to keep copies of any doctors’ reports and receipts that could come in handy later down the road.
If you were hit or injured while riding your bike, you should contact an attorney experienced with dealing with bike accidents. A San Jose bicycle accident lawyer will be able to help file a personal injury claim and walk you through any legal options that may be available to you. Give the office of Solution Now Law Firm a call today.
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